In case you missed it, Marvel released the first teaser for Ant-Man hitting theatres July 2015.
Actually, before we got to see the trailer, Marvel released an Ant-sized version, which was a brilliant display of the level of humour crawling around over at Marvel studios. If you haven’t seen the human-sized teaser yet, go check it out and head back to learn what it reveals about the next Big Hit from the MCU.
A lot has been happening on the Ant-Man front and we are (at last) on the verge of seeing what Marvel could cook up with this character.
Marvel.com describes Ant-Man:
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Doctor Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.
Peyton Reed directs Marvel’s “Ant-Man” with Kevin Feige producing and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Edgar Wright and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.
With the drama surrounding the directors, and the time it took to decide on a storyline, Marvel could be cooking up a storm for us in terms of the plot:
Comic-Plot: In the comics, Scott Lang breaks into the original Ant-Man, Henry Pym’s labs and steals the Ant-Man suit. His reason for robbing Pym is to rescue the doctor, who is supposed to save his daughter from a heart condition, who was kidnapped by Darren Cross, also known as Yellowjacket, because he also suffers from a heart condition. Scott then gets to keep the suit after the rescue, but for the purposes of good on Henry Pym’s request.
Now the Ant-Man Teaser may be interpreted to portray this same storyline, due to the appearance of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang (proving this is not an origin of Ant-Man story only) and his daughter, shown in a bed twice out of the three times (which makes her look a little sick) and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket. But what caught my eye in the Marvel description is that Michael Douglas plays Hank Pym, not Henry like in the comics. Changing storylines is something Marvel does easily, but in the past (as far as I know) they kinda stuck to the original character names.
Vigilantes and Robbers Plot: So Michael Douglas is either a new version of the Henry Pym character, or a brother or a son or something of the original Ant-Man, opening up possibilities to back stories and tie-ins from shows like Marvel’s Agent Carter and other Marvel films.
Also the narration in the Teaser, where Douglas’ character asks Scott Lang to be the Ant-Man, along with the description above, tells of a heist and new threats to the Ant-Man technology, giving the perception that this movie isn’t going to be about a dad saving his daughter, but rather about a loser who gets a second chance in life by helping some old guy protect his stuff. Or, we could have both these storylines meshed into one, creating a beautiful, but complex, adventure filled with tears and laughter, of heroism and new beginnings.
A few themes showed up in the trailer that could form part of the movie:
The Padawan Theme – As is general practice for the Jedi-elite, Pym recruits Scott to be his apprentice, allowing Pym to mentor the new Ant-Man to become the MCU’s freshest hero.
The Sacrificing Dad Theme – In the Sam Raimi versions of Spider-man, Sandman had to turn to crime to provide for his daughter’s illness, this same path seems to be carved out for Scott Lang as he is seen arrested, in prison, released and is getting a second chance to impress his daughter, who seems to inspire him to get into the hero-game (kids are cool like that).
The Legacy Theme – Iron Man 2 played on the idea of leaving something for the next generation, Brad Pitt also wanted to be remembered in Troy, and in Ant-Man “it’s not about saving our world, it’s about saving theirs…”
What looks awesome:
I was sceptical at first about the Ant-Man character on the big screen, with all the growing and shrinking like Alice in Wonderland. Luckily Marvel doesn’t seem to be bothering with upsizing anyone, only focusing on the shrinking and ant rodeoing (which looks amazing!). Entertainment Weekly reports the Ant-Man team used the same macro photography techniques used in nature documentaries to shoot the “shrinked”-scenes, and then added Ant-Man with motion capture. The result is the awesome scene where the flying ant lands and kicks up dust like an Apache attack chopper in ProNutro.
And of course the Marvel humour never disappoints and Ant-Man should be no exception, especially with Paul Rudd at the helm. If you saw the episodes of Friends where Paul Rudd joined the all-star cast, you’ll know Rudd enriches the characters he portrays. Combining the Marvel-wit and Rudd’s comedic quality, the Ant-Man franchise is sure to become one of our favourites by the end of the year.
There are huge expectations for each new Marvel film; fans expect each one to be better than the previous. We’ll have to wait and see if Ant-Man will be able to make the cut, but one thing is certain – Marvel is at it again and we can’t wait!